Summary Of Learning

Did you know you can record a presentation on Canva? I didnt either but canva surprises me everyday.

Here is my summary of learning. Thank you everyone for engaging in my nonsense!

Signing off

The last step to our Printmaking journey is to sign our prints.

Singing your art works have been an artists traditions for a very long time. Even cave paintings sometimes have a hand print. The signature have become part of the art making progress and it shows that the artist is finished and satisfied with a work.

In the classroom this is the most important part. Artist use their signatures to claim their work and ownership of it, proving that they are the one who made it and not anyone else. “Please put your name on the work” is one of the most common sayings I’ve said in a classroom, especially in an art classroom.

Signing a print in printmaking has followed a format that has been unchanged for many centuries. The techniques and variety of print making that I tackled during this course prided itself in making multiple prints of one piece of art work. In the print making world each print is as valuable as the other but it still needs o be identified. So, the signing process helps with this identification. If you want to read more about the signing of a print check out Print Gonzalez Website.

Signatures are usually located at the bottom of print. Name and date on the right hand side on top of each other and title in the middle. In this case I chose not to have a title so it is blanked. The numbers on the left indicates that in this particular edition of the prints, this is the 6th out of 8. This is the basics of the signing of prints but it could be easily complicated with things like artist editions. Go to the Print Gonzales Website for more details.

Thank you for sticking around for the last of this print making journey!

Wrap up Summary!

Thank you so much for reading the last post of my learning project. I have learned so much about printmaking and am confident in bringing this experience into the classroom to now explore with students. I can’t wait to see what they will come up with and how they will use the medium of printmaking and incorporate it into their art making!

as the end to this learning project ill wrap up what I’ve done in the past weeks and celebrate!

Week 1: This week I introduced my project and talked about the different ways I will be printing this course.

Resources: The Met Website

Week 2: This week I designed and etching my copper plate. I go through the different tools and materials needed and show examples from the met website.

Resources: The Met Website and the Print Making room in the University of Regina and Professors Truszkowski’s Youtube Channel

Week 3: This week was the first week I printed something! Using the inks and rollers in the university I was able to print the copper plate etched last week and painted some beautiful prints!

Resources: The Met Website and the Print Making room in the University of Regina and Professors Truszkowski’s Youtube Channel

Week 4: This week due to the difficulty of actually printing an etching, It took 2 weeks to finish but I used Microsoft Hyper-lapse to create a time lapse of the whole process! What it here!

Resources: The Print Making room in the University of Regina, Microsoft Hyperlapse and Professors Truszkowski’s Youtube Channel

Week 5: This week was a journey for us all. We tackled Photo etching and the struggles that came with. The photo etching had similar steps like the normal etching but the inking and printing process was difficult and ended up not being consistent. Nevertheless it was a great learning experience.

Resources: The Print Making room in the University of Regina and Professors Truszkowski’s Youtube Channel

Week 6: This week was all about gather inspiration for our next project which was relief printing. Every project starts with an inspiration and I wanted to talk about my process and how various platforms are amazing sources.

Resources: Instagram and Pinterest

Week 7: This week was all about the prep and design process before carving the lino block. Along side pencil and paper I used the digital app concept to plan out how I was going to carve out the lino.

Resources: Concept

Week 8: This week was all about carving the block. With the design made all was left to get started is to carve the block. This post was all about the different tools and ways to safely carve the block and the youtube videos that helped along the way!

Resources: The Print Making room in the University of Regina and Youtube

Week 9: The 2nd last step is to Print the block. This week goes through the contraption made to ensure the prices layering of the block and the actual final print!

Resources: The Print Making room in the University of Regina and Professors Truszkowski’s Youtube Channel

Week 10: The last thing to do is to sign the prints. this post was about how print makers have been signing their prints!

Resources: Print Gonzales Website

Once again, Thank you so much for everyones help and engagement to the learning projects. Everyones learning project have been so inspiring and I hope that my project has been worth while to you all. Thank you!

Printing and the Finished Product!

Printing in this case will be the simplest part of the process. Long story short we put in on top of the block and press it on a piece of paper, its big stamp.

The video above is the guide I used for printing at home! There are many ways you can print a block like using a roller, similar to the one I used for my etching prints but whats great about relief printing is that it can be easily done at home. The video goes through and includes the different tools and ink that might be available to you at home to be able to print your own art piece.

Another great thing that is covered in the video is the contraption made so you can perfectly line up you prints in order to do multiple layers of prints. The print that I have made has 3 layers and uses this contraption.

The binder like hooks at the top ensures the the paper will always be on the same spot every time it is laid down allowing for precise layers!

In the end this is what the prints look like!

Carving the Lino!

The next step into the Lino printing process is to finally carve the Lino. When carving Lino many use wood carving tools, using the many shapes and sizes that it is available in to create specific carves, shaper lines and wider cuts.

This video tutorial goes through how to SAFELY and successfully carve linoleum for print making. It has demonstration of how to carve using different tools and techniques to make sure that the Lino is the one that is carved and not your fingers.

Lino carving can be very dangerous especially for beginners and students. The video goes through the proper hand holding techniques and different tools that can keep your hand away from the path of the blade. It is also important to have a sharp blade when carving. The duller a tool is the more force you will have to put into it and the less control you’ll have. so the sharper a tool is the safer it actually is, at least in terms fo cooking and carving.

This video goes through how to sharpen your tools to ensure its effectiveness and safety!

Youtube is great it literally has a video of everything you need!

Here are my carved Lino blocks! The white non-slip placemat is a great tool to ensure that the block don’t slide around during the carving process.

How to Win at Flappy Bird

My brother is in software engineering so when I heard that I will be doing some coding I prepared myself to go blind counting zeros and ones. But I am very glad that I didn’t and instead created the flappy bird game that I wanted, one where you can’t die.

Why is coding so intimidating? For me its the knowledge that its this big complicated thing that makes things do things. Its something very complicated and intricate and from what I know, one mistake can ruin the whole thing! But through Hour of Code it has simplified the process where anyone can grasp the basics of coding.

For my activity I chose to code Flappy Bird. The game when it came out was such a big deal and being the sore loser that I am I refuse to let go of my grudge on this tiny little yellow bird and these weird green pipes!

After a quick video introducing coding and what it does, it quickly users you to the steps. It talked about using blocks to code and how it is how people usually start learning, even at a university level. There are different types of blocks that dictate what happens when you click, what happens during the game, time, speed and etc. The video shows the complicated / and . and 0 and a behind the blocks which I think is a great scaffold fr more complicated coding later on.

The coding itself was very simple and easy to follow. I had so much fun creating my IDEAL flappy bird game where I don’t die and just garner points.

These event blocks (Green) dictates what happens when the even happens: when you hit the pipe, click on the bird and when you hit the ground. Usually in the original flappy bird you ear points by asking through the narrow passages in between pipes but in my IDEAL flappy bird you not only earn points through that, you also get a point with each click. The game also ends when you hit the pipe and the ground but in my flappy bird instead of dying you gain a point. If you can’t tell I am a horrible flappy bird player but with my new flappy bird game I am the master.

Coding can be integrated into so many subjects in school. I can see it in PAA where students create their own game and market it. I saw a scratch activity where you can make your own google logo practicing the arts. I would’ve loved to learn how to code and play these games when I was younger, maybe then I would be the software engineer in the family.

Owls are dumb.

‘Toaster’ via www.shutterstock.com

I don’t know anyone my age who sits down in front of the TV and get their news on the 7 o’clock news. In todays world everyone is on their phones, where everything and anything can be accessed in mere seconds. But everything on there is not true and simply fake news.

With the vast amount of information being uploaded on the internet that we consume most of every-second of everyday many of them are bound to be false. In a Stanford study, it states that many individuals have difficulty knowing what is fake and whats real. Its important to teach students to know what they are consuming and discern if it is fake or not.

Critical thinking is one of pillars of education and the SK curriculum and this not only apply to our regular subjects but as well as in the internet. We need to teach students to be wary of the many false information and how to check. Parallel research, looking at an information from other sources is a practice is practice that I have been learning through out my education journey.

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One way that I have seen Fake news being taught in a classroom is through the dissection of common misconceptions. In an art classroom I have used symbols and their meaning and dissect how it com to fruition and why it isn’t factual. For example Owls are seen as wise animals but they they aren’t actually wise, in fact a study has proved that they are significantly worse at problem solving than other big-brained birds. This can be then related to the various news and information that litter the internet.

Don’t talk to strangers on the Internet

We have been talking about how complex digital identity is and the culture of documentation and sharing our lives on the web. Although I am outgoing and loud in real life, I find it really difficult to share and be confident in what I communicate on the internet. I think this comes from my hyperawareness that what ever I put on here will exist forever. This fear was something I looked at as a strength. As a child in the early 2000’s I have seen the horrendous consequences of making a mistake on the internet. Cases like Monica Lewinsky and Amanda Todd have conditioned me to keep my presence online to a very minimum. Obviously what happened to them is not their fault but the culture of shame and bullying that has arose. Nevertheless, sharing and being known on the internet was something that I avoided.

Being a teacher and having a responsibility to be a role model not only to the students but as well as the community have made this pressure much greater. During the cyber sleuth activity, my first impressions towards my partner was that they have great curated photos and funny, relatable posts. but going back and looking at it with a more critical view I found little things that can be seen as unprofessional which out me on a spiral obsessively thinking back to the things I have shared and posted.

In the ted talk The Price of Shame, Monica Lewinsky speaks on cyber bullying and her experience. How online, the situation escalated to something she no longer had control over. The internet has taken her image and created a new representation for her. She was cyber bullied and called any degrading names which obviously affected her private and professional life.

A quote that really stood out to me is when Monica said that she was “seen by many, known by few”. I feel that this is a great representation of the fear I have. I understand that each person is a complex human being that has gone through so much to be where they are today. Years and years of experience, struggle, happiness and the whole spectrum of emotions have come together to make this one person. But for some reason, being on the screen takes all that away and reduces you to that one moment and thats terrifying.

There are endless stories of cyber bullying and the shameful consequences of a culture that has been left to grow for far too long.

But being in this class has made me much more aware of what else can happen if you are not in charge of your representation online. In the video Lewinsky talks about how we can be uncharge of our own narrative has given me a new perspective on how to handle your image online.

Another Ted Talk by Ulrike Schultze called How Social Media Shapes Identity talks about the dependent development of technology and human behaviour. I feel that this is very important to share to students. For some time now I believed that i was not in control but its important to know that we do and that we can still shape technology and the culture behind it to be beneficial rather than harmful.

It takes a Village of Digital Citizens

The internet and the various devices which are becoming available to young children are just that, devices. They are mere tools for communication, fun and lets be honest videos of cats. Thats why digital citizenship is so important. Digital citizenship is about the development of the know and skills on how to use these powerful tools. People need to go through drivers ed to properly know how to drive a car and I feel the same with technology and the vast potential of the internet.

In The Curriculum

Im most familiar with the New Arts Ed curriculum developed recently and what I love about it is the ability to integrate various subjects and areas of interest into lessons, units and activities. As an art teacher I believe that the arts should not only be taught in art class but in all classes and I feel the same about Ed-Tech. Teaching things in parallel with various subjects allows for more understanding, engagement and motivation.

Curriculum such as the Photography and Graphic Design curriculums have specific outcomes that ask for the understanding of Digital Citizenships but again, I believe that these should not be delegated to just one or two subjects but incorporated into all.

In the Classroom

I believe that a modern classroom should at least acknowledge and be using the various technologies and tools available to the school. After all, we educators are supposed to prepare our students for real life and real life and the internet has never been more integrated than today.

The nine elements of Digital Citizenship is an amazing guide to ensure a safe, positive, and effective use of these tools. Especially within these times of the pandemic, online and internet in education have increased and being aware of these elements can help navigate through the ever growing giant world of the inter webs.

One of the elements that stuck out to me is Digital literacy, especially in school and the families around it. In my internship the administration put a great importance in being consistent with the nine platforms they choose to share and communicate with the families and community. They found that families are discouraged to check on their Childs progress and updates because of the numerous different platforms that the school have been using. Most of these families have various students enrolled in different grades and if each classroom is using a different platform the guardians and parents will have to learn and log on to these different platforms, which is unreasonable. Limiting the amount of learning and being consistent with the platforms we use and giving them time to develop these skills and literacy allows for greater engagement.

We not only need to consider the students digital citizenships but as well as beyond the school and outward to their families and the community. Like they say, It takes a village.

Starting the design process for Lino!

Lino printing is done through layers and I think the it was important for me to have a solid plan before starting. I will be going through the process of Lino carving in my next post but for more info on it click here!

My last post talks about gathering inspiration and the different platform I used but today I will be talking about where I plan and make my initial designs and see how they look (and if I can actually do it with my limited skill).

Paper and Pencil! Its always great to start drawing and using the traditional paper and pencil. The basics will never fail you. In this stage I usually plan out my ideas and play with composition and shapes. Getting a rough sketch of what I want and see if it actually works.

Lucky this time, my first sketch was pretty good and I didn’t have to do it multiple times. Having been satisfied with my first sketch I then move on to digital drawing.

I choose to draw it digitally so I can incorporate the layers and visualize it better. This layering thing will become more clear later. Having a tablet that is compatible with a digital pen is such a great tool for note taking, drawing and many more than can really enhance ones experience. With my tablet I use the app Concept. Many use Procreate or clip studio and anymore apps but the one Ive come to use is Concept. It has great features and brushes. I learned concept through just exploring on my own but they have videos and a full section on their website dedicated to teaching how the app works! Concept allows you to create an image layer by layer and this is what I did. Being able to visualize each layer really makes me understand the printing process much more.

Here, if you look at the bottom right of each picture it is on the different layers where I can toggle on and off to reveal the layers below! In the end I stuck to a black, white and grey colour scheme.

Here is the final image: